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EXHIBITION: Petra Nicel - Safe Space

The comfort of a grandparent’s home and the scratchy softness of their oldest crocheted blanket is one of the spaces a child might identify as safe in their early years. 
In various ways, the safety of this space is underutilised – in these transient moments, children listen to demure tales of talking animals and adventures through forests, but rarely learn about how their bodies and relationships may not replicate those depicted in books.
This project encourages us to enter a space containing elements of familiarity, to reconnect with moments of fundamental learning, and to expose ourselves to narratives collected from those who have identified the erasure of their perspectives in widespread literature.